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Posted: Jan 6, 2013 2:31 AM

Updated: Jan 6, 2013 2:31 AM

IRVING, Texas (AP) A newspaper is reporting that Flowers Foods and Bimbo are emerging as bidders for the bread brands of Hostess, which in the midst of a bankruptcy-court liquidation of its assets. The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Irving-based Hostess Brands Incorporated could reveal as early as next week that Flowers and Bimbo are in discussions to acquire the bread brands.

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) Authorities in the Texas Panhandle say a man has been arrested and charged with murder after an elderly woman died in a fire. The Lubbock Police Department says 23-year-old Austin Hasten was charged with murder in connection with the apartment fire Friday night. He remains at the Lubbock County Jail on $3 million bond. The victim's identity was not immediately released.

McALLEN, Texas (AP) South Texas authorities say a man reported that he was kidnapped by mistake in a town near the Mexican border. Jorge Cedillo told the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office that gunmen abducted him from his house in Alamo, Texas Wednesday night and released him Friday morning after about eight hours.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Officials say at least $26,000 is missing from a Central Texas holiday charity now under investigation. Last month, the Attorney General's Office filed a lawsuit alleging misconduct by Christmas Bureau of Austin and Travis County officials. A judge froze the nonprofit's assets while the investigation continues. The Christmas Bureau works with an Austin police program, Blue Santa, to provide holiday gifts to needy families.

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